Patents by Inventor Timothy M. Smith

Timothy M. Smith has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20210137544
    Abstract: A surgical instrument, has an end effector that includes an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp arm that moves relative to the ultrasonic blade from an opened position toward an intermediate position and a closed position. The clamp arm is offset from the ultrasonic blade to define a predetermined gap in the intermediate position between the opened position and the closed position. A clamp arm actuator connects to the clamp arm and moves from an opened configuration to a closed configuration to direct the clamp arm from the opened position toward the intermediate position and the closed position. A spacer connects with the clamp arm to inhibit movement of the clamp arm from the intermediate position toward the closed position for maintaining the predetermined gap between the clamp arm and the ultrasonic blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Ryan M. Asher, Brian D. Black, John E. Brady, Joseph Dennis, Geni M. Giannotti, Bryce L. Heitman, Timothy S. Holland, Joseph E. Hollo, Andrew Kolpitcke, Amy M. Krumm, Jason R. Lesko, Matthew C. Miller, David A. Monroe, Ion V. Nicolaescu, Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz, Matthew S. Schneider, Richard C. Smith, Shawn C. Snyder, Sarah A. Worthington, Monica L. Rivard, Fajian Zhang
  • Publication number: 20210002483
    Abstract: Compositions are disclosed which include between about 0.05 to about 5 or less wt. % of at least one acrylate monomer based on the total weight of the composition. The acrylate monomer reduces the peak cure temperature, thereby accelerating the rate of cure, without sacrificing completeness of the cure or the release performance of the cured product. The addition of the acrylate monomer also enables a reduction in the amount of costly platinum catalyst required to effectively cure a composition. In addition to the acrylate monomer, the compositions also include a silicone base polymer, a crosslinking agent, and platinum catalyst. The cured compositions exhibit properties useful for incorporation into release liners, adhesive articles, medical products and gaskets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Timothy M. Smith, Joseph D. Gorczyca, Gary A. McMaster, Scott Moeller
  • Publication number: 20200399744
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing powdered composite material includes metal particles coated with a coating of ceramic particles. The metal particles may include a ternary NiCoCr alloy, with select additions of minor amounts of other elements. The ceramic particles may include yttrium oxide or other oxides. The composite material is suitable for additive manufacturing (AM) into a component for high temperature (>1000° C.) applications. The AM component includes a metal matrix formed from the alloy, with the ceramic particles dispersed in the matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy M. Smith, Robert W. Carter, Christopher A. Kantzos, Michael J. Kulis
  • Patent number: 9830747
    Abstract: A method of monitoring the health of a gas turbine engine of at least a pair of engines of an aircraft for example. The method comprising the steps of: a) obtaining steady state readings from predetermined sensors on the engines; b) calculate a percentage difference of the steady state readings from a unique engine linear synthesis model for each engine; c) compare the difference between the percentage differences for each engine and d) where this difference exceeds a predetermined value issue a warning as to an engine health problem. Maintenance of the engine can therefore be advantageously scheduled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: David Apps, Timothy M. Smith
  • Patent number: 8944929
    Abstract: A golf grip pressure training device provides feedback based on grip pressure exerted on a golf club grip. The device includes a grip having a top end, a bottom end, and a perimeter wall coupled to and extending from the top end to the bottom end. The bottom end is open wherein the grip is configured for being coupled to a golf club by inserting the golf club into the bottom end of the grip. A plurality of pressure sensors is positioned in the grip. A plurality of indicators are also coupled to the grip. Each indicator is communicatively coupled to an associated one of the sensors wherein the indicator is actuated upon the associated pressure sensor detecting pressure on the grip. Each pressure sensor detects a unique amount of pressure on the grip wherein the indicators are sequentially actuated as pressure on the grip is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy M. Smith
  • Patent number: 7832152
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for adjusting a position of a post within a pile. The system includes a post including a vertical groove on one side and a vertical groove on another side for accommodating a sound wall panel. The system also includes a pile including a vertical bore into which the post is inserted. A set of three screws are spaced evenly around an exterior circumference of the post near a bottom of the post, wherein at least one screw contacts an interior circumference of the bore so as to adjust a position of the post within the bore. The system further includes a collar for fastening the post to a top of the pile at an opening of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: State Contracting & Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20100247246
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for adjusting a position of a post within a pile. The system includes a post including a vertical groove on one side and a vertical groove on another side for accommodating a sound wall panel. The system also includes a pile including a vertical bore into which the post is inserted. A set of three screws are spaced evenly around an exterior circumference of the post near a bottom of the post, wherein at least one screw contacts an interior circumference of the bore so as to adjust a position of the post within the bore. The system further includes a collar for fastening the post to a top of the pile at an opening of the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: STATE CONTRACTING & ENGINEERING CORP.
    Inventor: Timothy M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20100138132
    Abstract: A method of monitoring the health of a gas turbine engine of at least a pair of engines of an aircraft for example. The method comprising the steps of: a) obtaining steady state readings from predetermined sensors on the engines; b) calculate a percentage difference of the steady state readings from a unique engine linear synthesis model for each engine; c) compare the difference between the percentage differences for each engine and d) where this difference exceeds a predetermined value issue a warning as to an engine health problem. Maintenance of the engine can therefore be advantageously scheduled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: Rolls-Royce Plc
    Inventors: David Apps, Timothy M. Smith
  • Patent number: 7191528
    Abstract: A template system and column placement method which facilitates the placement of a column resulting in enhanced placement efficiencies for large scale column construction projects. In a preferred aspect of the present invention, a template for column placement can include a frame, at least one pivotal column engagement scaffold coupled to the frame and at least one docking collar extending from the pivotal column engagement scaffold and configured to secure a column to the pivotal column engagement scaffold. Additionally, a base can be provided in order to support the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Noisewall Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Smith, George L. Southworth
  • Patent number: 7055251
    Abstract: A template system and column placement method which facilitates the placement of a column resulting in enhanced placement efficiencies for large scale column construction projects. In a preferred aspect of the present invention, a template for column placement can include a frame, at least one pivotal column engagement scaffold coupled to the frame and at least one docking collar extending from the pivotal column engagement scaffold and configured to secure a column to the pivotal column engagement scaffold. Additionally, a base can be provided in order to support the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventors: Timothy M. Smith, George L. Southworth
  • Patent number: 4804087
    Abstract: A stackable, knockdown shipping stand for a lawn and garden tractor includes a flat, boxlike injection molded polystyrene pallet forming a base of the stand and having a four post framework removably mounted thereon with the posts being received in stake pockets formed in the upper surface of the pallet adjacent its corners. Storage recesses are provided in the upper surface of the pallet for receiving the framework when the latter is dismantled and in the lower surface of the pallet for receiving an exposed portion of a framework located in a lower pallet when knocked-down stands are being stacked one atop another. The upper surface of the pallet, in a preferred embodiment, includes wheel wells for receiving the wheels of a tractor being shipped and a gauge roller receptacle for receiving the gauge roller of a rotary mower deck being shipped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1989
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Timothy M. Smith